Joan Fontaine's Oscar Up for Auction

Among the items up for auction will be her Oscar for Hitchcock's "Suspicion"

Items from the California home of Academy Award-winning actress Joan Fontaine will be auctioned in New York between November and January.

Fontaine's 1941 Oscar for best actress in Alfred Hitchcock's "Suspicion" is among the highlights. Christie's says it could bring $200,000 to $300,000 Dec. 11.

Fontaine died at 96 last year in her Carmel, California, home.

The 104 lots of fine art, silver, lighting, furniture and jewelry will be spread over several sales. They could realize more than $1 million. The entire proceeds will benefit the SPCA in Monterey, California.

The auctioneer says a 1935 painting by Marc Chagall, "Vase of Flowers in the Window," could sell for $400,000 to $600,000 on Nov. 6.

Fontaine first gained stardom in 1940 in Hitchcock's "Rebecca," earning her the first of three Oscar nominations.

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